The Lumbee Problem Essay

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     The first reading was the preface and the fourth chapter from the book, “The Lumbee Problem: The Making of an American Indian People”, entitled, “What are they trying to do now?” In this reading, the author, Karen I. Blu, examines the political history of the Indians of Robeson County, North Carolina and goes into detail about her findings during her visit there between 1967 and 1968. Blu argues that the political history of the Lumbee Indians was greatly affected by the relationships between them and non-Indians as well as each other’s perceptions of one another. The fourth chapter focuses on the Black-Indian coalition that was formed during this time and the details surrounding its emergence, objectives, …show more content…
She points out that unity for Blacks meant brotherhood and meant “against the Whites who threaten to split ‘us’” for Indians. In addition, Indians believed leaders were concerned with personal gain over community welfare while Blacks exhibited more confidence in their leaders. Blu ends the chapter by explaining that Blacks and Indians worked politely together within the coalition and that although the Blacks had slight feelings that the Indians weren’t so polite, they knew their intentions weren’t bad.
     The second reading, “America’s My Home,” is a collection of interviews with young Blacks from Georgia. The reading focuses on three particular men: Roger W., Phillip J., and James N. The three men all comment on the questions presented covering topics such as where and how they grew up, poverty, integration and segregation, unity, racial tensions and relations in America, and religion. Roger is ten years older than both Phillip and James, so he offers a

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